Why I cried watching ‘UP’

2 Jan

I have only had to think of times when I have seen children singing, perhaps in a choir, their little voices soaring and giving their all and I could cry.

I cried when the Von Trapp children were singing  ‘Sound of Music’ as I channel hopped over Christmas.

I rarely play music in the house as it invokes too much emotion in me.

I can’t bear it when Andrea Bocelli  sings ”Time to say goodbye’. I could cry every time.

Films and old photographs stir the same emotion in me and I know I’m not alone.

‘The film Up’ was on tv last night and there were lots of tweets about getting out the tissues. It wasn’t real. Why did we cry?

The opening sequence was so poignant.

A couple of kids Carl & Ellie playing together, grow up, marry, can’t have kids, grow old together and then Ellie dies. Carl is alone. I could cry now thinking about it. I wasn’t bothered about the rest of the film, a bit silly really but I kept it on playing in the background.

Ok, if this opening sequence was true and real people were involved instead of cartoon characters, it would make us cry too but I believe when we cry watching a film or listening to music, we are not just crying at what we see or hear. There is far more too it than that.

There are always underlying memories of people who are no longer with us, loves lost, regrets in our past and a tune, a song, a film,some sight or sound delves deep in our psyche and tears at our heart strings and sometimes the tears shed are  for sad times in the past.

Some times we need this release. Would we cry otherwise? Doubtful in my case anyway. It  just needs something to set us off.

Somehow I am drawn to watching the opening sequences of ‘Up’ again…..


8 Responses to “Why I cried watching ‘UP’”

  1. Rach January 2, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    I don’t think my emotions have recovered from being pregnant yet – I cry at everything. I taped Up but when Phil said it would make me cry I didn’t want to watch it! I’m hoping it might be like Finding Nemo and just sad at the beginning!

    • eviesgran January 2, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

      Only the beginning is sad. Its an adventure after that. x

  2. Jo aka Kiwijo January 2, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Ive gotten worse as Ive gotten older. I can (and do) cry at almost anything on telly, if something nice happens or something bad, its quite embarrasing really! Then theres the odd movie I cant finish watching as it really sets me off (usually due to the reason youve listed above, having lost someone close and what is happening in my life at the time). I agree totally when you say it can be coz we need the release, we tend to spend so much time putting a brave face on and bottling things up, stuff we watch (or hear) can set us off.
    OH commented on a lovely song once (years ago) saying he wants it played at his funeral, and I reduce myself to tears every time I hear it just anticipating the loss.
    Never be ashamed of the tears, it shows that you feel things deeply.
    Thank you for sharing this.

    • eviesgran January 2, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

      Thanks Jo. Its great getting comments especially your lovely comment. x

  3. Simon Cantrill January 2, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    My girlfriend is away on an adventure in South America at the moment (5yrs together) so the whole film had a rather poigant edge for me but the begin is the worst almost out of anticipation, the good times definitely out weigh the missing of her though. She’s made me softer.

    • eviesgran January 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

      I hope you’ll be back together again soon. Thanks for you comment.

  4. wifenotlodger January 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    You really captured the feeling I get when I get emotional watching a film and you are right we need this release, I have a whole shelf of films I keep and watch just for that reason…Truly, Madly,Deeply being my absolute favourite! Thankyou!

    • eviesgran January 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

      I’ve never seen Truly Madly Deeply. I don’t know how I missed seeing it.

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